Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Professor and Chair of Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management, Wageningen University

Application deadline: 15 January 2021

We are looking for an innovative, dynamic and inspiring scholar in the field of Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management (HWM) to join our faculty and lead the HWM chair group at Wageningen University & Research (0.8 - 1.0 fte).

Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management is a successful and committed research group, integrating hydrology and hydraulics to fundamentally understand and quantify hydrological processes in river basins, aquifers and deltas. In this realm, the group addresses contemporary and projected impacts of global climate change and sea-level rise, which are interwoven with society, the socio-economic system, and land use change. The Chair of HWM seeks to tackle these challenges through measuring and monitoring using, often newly developed, in situ or remote sensing techniques, and numerical or conceptual modelling across scales.

The research of the HWM group currently focuses on the following topics: (1) measuring hydrological fluxes and states using novel sensing techniques; (2) understanding the terrestrial hydrological system and its component processes using physics based and conceptual models; (3) understanding the river-sea interactions in deltas and estuaries; and (4) improving hydrological predictions and projections at a range of spatial and temporal scales, focusing on hydro-climatic extremes (floods and droughts). Furthermore, theoretical developments are tested in a fully equipped water and sediment dynamics laboratory, as well as in river basins, aquifers and delta’s worldwide. The new chair is encouraged to add her/his own expertise and ideas to this research field and is expected to provide guidance towards synergy within and breakthroughs by the team in this scientific field. Moreover, the Chair stimulates achievement of value creation by developing novel sensing techniques, models, datasets and nature-based solutions that support water managers in the Netherlands and worldwide.

The HWM group enthusiastically pushes the hydrological science frontier ahead by leading research on links between land-surface interactions and vegetation dynamics under weather and climate extremes; interactions of groundwater flow conduits and carbon mobilization in thawing permafrost areas; hydrological modelling practices to identify model uncertainty; sound methodologies for river plastic monitoring; sediment balance and salt intrusion in deltas; improved applications of satellite remote sensing for agricultural water management; development of the WALRUS rainfall-runoff model; weather radar rainfall estimation; operational flood and drought forecasting including data assimilation. HWM teaching and research are closely intertwined. The staff members teach courses at BSc and MSc level. For more information see below.

As Chair, you will lead the Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management group. You will support the group’s research ambitions by further strengthening its position in national and international networks, by managing its internal processes and relations in a constructive and cooperative way, and by strengthening established research lines, safeguarding coherence in research and bringing in novel ideas. In addition, you will play an active role in education at the undergraduate and graduate level. You will also give new impulses to further develop the contents of courses, teaching methods, and the coherence of the education programmes in which HWM takes part. You will ensure the group provides an encouraging working environment to staff at a range of career levels. Acquisition of external funding for research and attracting PhD candidates are key elements of your responsibility.

We ask

  • an inspiring long-term vision regarding the development of the scientific field, the research agenda and the teaching profile of the HWM group; 
  • a broad international network, as well as active involvement and experience with effective interaction with partners and in the societal debate; 
  • a convincing scientific track record and international research profile; 
  • a proven capacity as an inspiring teacher and supervisor for students of diverse backgrounds, with proven ability to develop courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, and an interest, vision and capacity to innovate teaching methods; 
  • a proven record in acquisition of research funds from national and international agencies; 
  • a doctorate (PhD degree) in the realm of hydrological sciences and a significant period of experience in research and teaching in this disciplinary field; 
  • a keen interest to work in an interdisciplinary environment; experience with the management of professionals, characterized by a leadership style fostering the development of people, building teams and create synergy.

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Tuesday 1 December 2020